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General Tso's Chickpea Stir Fry

by: claire cary

Dinner just got a whole lot better. This general Tso's chickpea stir fry is a vegetarian take on your favorite Chinese take out dish! It's naturally gluten free, ready in just 30 minutes and a total family favorite.
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins



  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar can sub for brown sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp hot sauce depending on brand and preference
  • 3 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1.5 tbsp arrowroot powder + 2 tbsp water

Stir Fry:

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp oil I used toasted sesame oil for more flavor
  • ½ large red onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger grated


  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas until there are no bubbles. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, prep the stir fry and sauce. Whisk the arrowroot and water together in a small bowl and set aside. 
  • Whisk all remaining ingredients for the sauce together in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Chop the onion, peppers, and mince the garlic and ginger.
  • Add to a pan with 1 tbsp oil and saute for about 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent. 
  • Add in the sauce and stir together.
  • Give the arrowroot mixture a quick stir and add that in and stir. When it starts bubbling, quickly add the chickpeas and stir to coat them in the sauce.
  • Let the stir fry simmer for about 10 minutes to thicken. If it doesn't thicken, add additional arrowroot as needed. 
  • Serve warm over rice or noodles with steamed broccoli.


The peanut butter can easily be left out if you prefer or have allergies. 
If you don't like spice, feel free to leave out the hot sauce, or add extra if you love it!
You can use chickpeas cooked from scratch in place of the canned chickpeas. Use 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas for every 1 can. 
Serving: 1bowl / Calories: 163kcal / Carbohydrates: 20g / Protein: 12g / Fat: 6g / Saturated Fat: 1g / Fiber: 2g / Sugar: 9g / Vitamin A: 1IU

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